TESS Opportunities


Volunteering, Publishing, webinars Opportunities

  • CAFNEC is recruiting new Core Trainers. It's a volunteer position and ideal opportunity for you who has a passion for working with people and environment organisations. Visit their website for more information.
  • We are seeking volunteers to help us save the tropical forests! Millions of kilometres of new roads are set to be built in crucial biodiversity hotspots and carbon sinks all around the globe. Only half of roads are included in existing roadmaps. We need your help to document unmapped roads and contribute to vital conservation work. Contact us to know more

Scholarships, Training and Job Opportunities

  • Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships/ Up to $14,000. Due to 7 October. Click here for more information.
  • OO5 Ranger (pest): key duties: assist with the delivery of aerial control operations (feral animals) including ground support, assist with the delivery of regional pest programs including both plant and animal pests, provide mapping, monitoring and evaluation support to operational staff delivering pest management programs.  This position will require some travel (up to a week at a time), especially to Cape York Peninsula. Currently looking to fill the position until Dec 31st, with the possibility of extension.
  • AO4 Ranger (Projects) – primary focus is on projects to support monitoring and evaluation of fire, pest and biodiversity projects across the region.  This position co-ordinates our collaborative project with JCU and WTMA focussed on monitoring of climate vulnerable high altitude species in the Wet Tropics, leading the co-ordination of aerial feral animal surveys on Cape York parks and providing regional co-ordination of our Health Check program (a departmental monitoring program undertaken at a range of sites across our parks).  Depending on the person and their skills, we might also look to involve them in a review of a long-term savanna monitoring program that we are hoping to undertake.  At this stage the substantive holder of this position is away for a couple of months, but there is a good chance we will lose him until at least the end of the year. Hoping to appoint to this role until Dec 31.
  • QTFN (Queensland Trust for Nature): Ecologist position -  This role will form part of the Natural Environment team at Queensland Trust for Nature. The primary purpose of this role is to deliver a koala habitat offset project in the Brigalow Belt North Bioregion. Additionally, you will support other ecological field work teams with flora and fauna surveys as required.
  • ABC and Doc Society partner with state agencies to find short environment and climate solutions documentaries.
  • For more information about this opportunity or to apply visit https://docsociety.org/climate-shorts-au/

  • 6 (six) fully-funded research opportunities to the new five-year project on "Climate Governance of Nature-based Carbon Sinks in Southeast Asia.  Positions are: 3 to 4-year PhD scholarships in the Department of Geography and 3 Research Fellowships (up to 4 years) at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
  • DATA61 PhD scholarship: a range of exciting opportunities available for PhD students who are passionate about science and engineering in the digital and data sciences.
  • PhD Positions at Grimso is open now! The PhD position takes place within the project Can laws save the natural world? funded by the Swedish Research Council VR. Qualifications Required: a master degree (or equivalent) with a specialization in quantitative ecology, ecological modelling, biodiversity conservation or evolutionary ecology, a demonstrated ability to write one’s own analyses in R and a professional level fluency in English (see also below). Desirable: a demonstrated experience of using additional computer programming languages for scientific analysis, an interest in endangered species conservation, experience in scholarly publishing and knowledge of European nature conservation laws and policies. For more information click here
  • JCU TropWATER and NQBP Competitive Summer Internship program. Available to enrolled JCU students from 2nd year through to postgraduate studies. More information here
  • UNE is advertising for a Level C/D in Remote Sensing, within the Discipline of Ecosystem Management that sits within the School of Environmental and Rural Science. Apply here.
  • Entomology casual position: sugar Research Australia is currently looking for 1-2 paid casual assistants to work 2-5 days per week on two applied entomology research projects for May-June. The work will involve laboratory and field based work and will include bio-and chemical screening for cane grub control,  field monitoring and identification of invertebrates. For further information contact Dr Kevin Powell SRA on kpowell@sugarresearch.com.au at SRA Meringa office
  • Postdoc position at Norwegian Research Council project: “GreenPlan: Launching the Norwegian Green Infrastructure Network and new decision-support tools for Land Prioritization, Scenario and Impact assessment”. See details and apply here
  • Ecologist faculty positions at the University of Montana. 1)Quantitative Ecologist at the University of Montana: http://bit.ly/3200umjobs 2) Applied Ecologist with with the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit ( https://www.usajobs.gov/job/631244900 ). These are fantastic positions where the successful candidate will be a US federal employee (USGS) housed at the University of Montana (and interacting with faculty in Wildlife Biology, Ecology & Evolution, or both), and collaborating with the state agency responsible for wildlife management (Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks). There is no teaching, excellent pay, and the chance to do both basic and applied research with a diversity of collaborators and partners.
  • Call for applications for MSc, Ma, PhD at UBC in Resources, Environmental and Sustainability. Second set of opportunities. Click here for more information.
  • IKERBASQUE has launched a new international call to hire 10 permanent researchers! Take a look here
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recruiting 400 regular faculty in the next 4 years in all research areas, in addition to over 100 new regular faculty - Hong Kong campus. More information here
  • Postdoctoral research program in sustainable development. The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent PhD, M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships
  • PhD Scholarships in Zoology and Ecology Available at James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville. Check these fantastic opportunities to study at JCU. Here are some great examples to start your search:
  • The College of Science and Engineering is one of the 6 Colleges of JCU and is the home of JCU's expertise in Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquaculture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Earth Science, and Environmental Management, which forms a strong grouping, uniquely placed to tackle the grand challenges facing the world, both fundamental research and application.

    Zoology and Ecology emphasises a diverse range of intellectual disciplines including zoology, ecology, botany, behaviour and evolutionary biology, within a diverse range of terrestrial habitats. The program provides graduates with the skills required to observe, explore and understand the biological world in all its diversity. Build your zoology and ecology tool-kit at James Cook University (JCU), join the scientific community, and make a global impact

  • Career opportunities at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

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Grants, Proposals and Awards

  • Australia-China joint Action Program. Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Funding to allow researchers to collaborate. Up to $7,000 for travel and associated expenses. Click here for more information.
  • NSW Government: Environmental Research. Grants up to $200,000. Due to 6 June. Priorities themes: Supporting threatened species recovery and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Click here for more information.
  • AMSA Excellence in Sea Country Award - Paid conference attendance in future years. Click here for more information.
  • Queensland Threatened Species Recovery grants.
  • Applications are now open for Round 7: Queensland Threatened Species Recovery of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants program. 

    Funding will be provided to eligible recipients for on-ground projects that protect and benefit Queensland’s threatened flora and fauna species in the wild.

    Projects funded may include, but are not limited to:

  • habitat protection
  • habitat improvement and restoration activities
  • flora and fauna surveys and mapping
  • education or awareness programs.
  • Activities should also encourage community/volunteer participation and engagement such as citizen science projects.

    Applications will be accepted from:

  • properly established incorporated associations (incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981)
  • Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
  • not-for-profit organisations registered under the Corporations Act 2001
  • Indigenous corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Commonwealth)
  • tertiary education institutions administered by the Commonwealth or State
  • natural resource management (NRM) bodies.
  • Applications close 4pm on Thursday 6 October 2022.

    Program guidelines and application details are available on the Queensland Government website

    For more information email csagrants@des.qld.gov.au

  • Grant opportunity specifically for Christmas Island and Coco-Keeling Islands to support Marine Park management. You can apply for small (<$50K) or large (50K-500K) grants up to 3yrs duration.  Total budget available is $2.2M. For more information click here.
  • Collaborate Pacific aims to support effective governance, leadership, regional cooperation, and sustainable development in the Pacific - for those with strong collaboration in the South Pacific. A fund for one-off small scale studies.
  • Call for Applications for Grants from the Australian Flora Foundation. The Foundation expects to support between two and four projects under both programs in 2023 with possible extension into 2024, and for Malcolm Reed grants into 2025. Further details can be found here, Information about the Foundation, and examples of grants awarded and their outcomes can be found here.
  • Threatened Species Strategy’s Action Plan 2021-2026 - The Minister has announced the $10 million grants opportunity to support action on the ground to recover these priority species. More information click here.
  • Plastic Pollution Research. Click here for more information
  • Grants up to $20k for engaging citizen science of general public. Click here for more information.
  • Horizon Europe Launch in Australia & New Zealand is an European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period of 2021-2027.  Who should attend? Researchers of any nationality & discipline are welcome to join. The event is targeted at PhD candidates, Postdoctoral & established researchers, university research support offices, other research institutions, and business & industry actors. More detail here
  • Crawford Funds: Each year, the Queensland Committee of the Crawford Fund offers a small number of International Engagement Awards (up to $12,000 annually) to enable Queensland scientists to offer mentoring and training to scientists in developing countries in our region who are working on various aspects of food and nutrition security.
  • Koala Applied Research South East Queensland grants now open for Round 4. Grants of up to $100,000 (ex GST) are available for eligible recipients.  Program guidelines and application details:Queensland Government website. For more information email to: csagrants@des.qld.gov.au